I stopped in at Pryes Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The most obvious beer to enjoy was the Mirculum IPA. And it did not disappoint. I see why it is an award winner.
I stopped in at Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their Cranky Woodsman Nut Brown Ale is a really nice brown ale with rich flavors. It has just a hint of smoky flavor. Now, smoke is one of my personal least favorite flavors in beer, however, this is so subtle I really enjoyed it. The Ratskeller is pretty sizeable and does also have an outdoor patio. The food truck looked good but I had already eaten.
I stopped in at Bald Man Brewing in Eagan, Minnesota. The brewery is not too far from the Minneapolis airport. Stopping in was the first thing I did upon leaving the airport. For a Sunday afternoon there was a nice size group of people in the brewery, some were watching sports, all were enjoying good beer. I tried the Spirit in the Sky Strawberry Rhubarb Ale. This was refreshing and both tart and sweet. I really liked the Tupelo Honey Brown Ale. Sweet and malty and delicious. I also felt compelled to purchase a t-shirt for a good friend who is bald, enjoys good beer and brews occasionally.
I stopped in at Indeed Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. I could not resist Shenanigans Summer Ale. Clean. Fresh. Easy-Drinking. Delightful. And the taproom is cool – I enjoyed playing tabletop shuffleboard.
I stopped in at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. I decided to try St.. Gail Raspberry Honey Ale and Mango Lassi Milkshake IPA. I enjoyed both. Each was slightly fruity. The brewery/taproom is a really cool downtown space with plenty of room and various seating to enjoy by various size groups. Great vibe.
I stopped in at The Freehouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota for dinner and a beer. I enjoyed the deviled eggs and fried cheese curds appetizers with business colleagues. The shrimp tacos were an excellent dinner choice. All paired well with No. 1 Kolsch. Great food and great beer and a great atmosphere to enjoy both.
I stopped in at Surly Brewing Company in Saint Paul, Minnesota for dinner and a beer. The brisket for dinner was fabulous. I paired it with Furious IPA and Hell lager. Both great pairs for the brisket. What a great restaurant and brewery.
I stopped in at BlackStack Brewing in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The clear choice on the beer list was Local 755, a New England Style IPA. Very fruit forward and not overly hoppy. The brewery and tap room are a great large space with plenty of areas to relax and enjoy a beer and a chat or a game with friends. I’m glad I stopped in.
I stopped in at Bad Weather Brewing Company in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I enjoyed the Hitched white grapefruit IPA and the Pineapple Wheat. Both had just enough fruit flavor to be interesting without being overpowering. The IPA was clearly more bitter and the wheat was more mild. Both wonderful beers and very drinkable. The environment at the brewery was hip and full of energy when I stopped by.
I stopped in at Barrel Theory Beer Company in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I wound up trying four beers. Robo Trippin is a tart cherry gose. Agua Fresca is a tropical fruit Berliner which I found to be delicious. Java Oats is a coffee stout and K3yb04rdW4rr10r is a delicious chocolate milk stout. I enjoyed all of these beers and the bartender was very kind to offer one of the stouts on the house.